Li?ge-Bastogne-Li?ge will cap off BMC Racing Team’s Ardennes Classics’ campaign, with Richie Porte set to join the La Fl?che Wallonne team.
Sports Director Valerio Piva said the team is going in with multiple options.
“With riders like Richie Porte and Samuel S?nchez, who finished in sixth place at La Fl?che Wallonne today, we are going in with strong climbers, as well as some of our younger guys who have showed their form at the earlier Ardennes races,” Piva said.
S?nchez said that although he is going in with good form, Li?ge-Bastogne-Li?ge is a completely different kind of race.
“Li?ge-Bastogne-Li?ge is going to be really tough. We’re looking at six or more hours in the saddle and it looks like the conditions will be really bad, so we’ll have to see on the day,” S?nchez said.
Porte will return to Li?ge-Bastogne-Li?ge for only the third time in his career.
“I’m coming in off the back of altitude camp and my last block of stage races, so Li?ge-Bastogne-Li?ge will be a good chance to test the legs on these climbs. I’ve only lined up twice before so I’m not going in with any real expectations,” Porte confirmed.
Li?ge-Bastogne-Li?ge (24 April)
Rider roster: Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Ben Hermans (BEL), Richie Porte (AUS), Samuel S?nchez (ESP), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Lo?c Vliegen (BEL).
Sports Directors: Valerio Piva (ITA), Jackson Stewart (USA)